NEW YORK, April 08. 2005 - Elton John says that Eminem is on par with Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger.
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, the rapper is listed in the magazine's second "Immortals" edition, featuring another 50 of the greatest figures of rock 'n' roll with appreciations written by other artists. In his immortalizing of Eminem, John writes that he got goose bumps when he first rehearsed with him for their performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
"From the start, I've always admired Eminem's thinking," John writes. "That's the reason I wanted to appear on the Grammys with him when I was asked, despite all the nonsense talked about his being homophobic.
"Let the Boy Georgesand the George Michaels of the world get up in a twist about it if they don't have the intelligence to see his intelligence."